EXT. SCHOOL – EVENING
The school grounds are empty and appear deserted. The double doors of the school open and 2 teenagers, ELLIE and RILEY walk out with schoolbags on their backs. A MIDDLE-AGED MALE TEACHER follows behind them. Ellie and Riley turn around to face the Teacher.
I really hope this is the last time I have to give ye detention. Ye are always getting into trouble! [TO ELLIE] Do you know why you got detention this time?
Ellie gives the teacher a blank stare.
INT. SCHOOL – FLASHBACK
An ELDERLY UNKNOWN TEACHER is standing at her desk in front of a whole class.
Good morning, class. Your teacher decided to go for a swim in his car last night and now, he won’t get out. So, while he and a few of his colleagues are treating his car like a hot tub (without inviting me, but whatever), I will be your Substitute Teacher.
Ellie raises her hand. The Substitute Teacher points at her.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER [CONT’D]
Are you really a substitute?
Yes, I am.
Oh my god, thank fuck!
The Substitute Teacher’s jaw drops.
I thought this was going to be another serious class, but I can FINALLY relax without having to worry about homework!
Ellie stands up and walks towards the door.
Fuck taking orders from fake teachers! Bye, bitch!
Ellie leaves the room.
EXT. SCHOOL – EVENING
Ellie is shaking her head.
ELLIE [CONT’D] [TO TEACHER]
I have no idea why. I think the teacher just hated me for some reason.
[TO ELLIE] Well, I hope you figure out why by tomorrow. [TO RILEY] And what about you, Earl?
Like I kept telling the principal, I prefer to be called ‘Riley’.
And I believe that constant correction is what led you to piss all over his desk.
Ellie giggles and Riley tries not to smile.
Don’t let anything like this happen again or I’ll have no choice but to expel you both!
The Teacher walks back into the school. Ellie and Riley begin walking away from it.
When do you think they’ll realise being a substitute isn’t a real job?
I’ve no idea, Earl.
Ah fuck off.
Ellie laughs as she and Riley leave school grounds.
EXT. ESTATE – EVENING
Ellie and Riley are walking into their home estate. They notice an ambulance outside of one of the houses. Ellie looks down on the ground and sees 2 DCET Nokia phones, one with the name ‘GREG’ on the screen and the other with the name ‘TERRY’. She takes a few steps forward and picks them up.
You’re not planning on bringing them home with you, are you?
Of course I am. It’s mom’s Birthday today and we just found her presents!
Ellie tosses one of the DCET phones to Riley. Riley catches it.
As long as we don’t have to talk about school with her again, fine.
INT. ELLIE & RILEY’S HOUSE – EVENING
Ellie and Riley are entering the house with the landline phones in hand.
INT. KITCHEN – EVENING
Ellie & Riley’s MOTHER is taking food out of a shopping bag and putting it in the fridge. Ellie and Riley walk into the kitchen.
ELLIE & RILEY [SIMULTANEOUSLY]
Happy Birthday, Mom!
Their Mother smiles. She approaches and hugs them both.
Aww thank you, kids.
So when’s the party?
Saturday and ye can’t come ‘cause it’s an adult celebration.
Wouldn’t be the first time one of us drank.
She just means a lot of our friends in school drink sometimes.
Ellie gives Riley a devious smile.
Before ye start arguing again, how was school?
Ellie and Riley show their Mother the DCET Nokia phones in their hands.
We got you a Birthday present!
Their Mother takes the phones.
Oh! New house phones! These could come in handy, thank you!
We even gave them names for you. Now, we’re going to do something… somewhere… else.
Ellie and Riley rush out of the room. Their Mother shakes her head, confused. She looks at both phones.
MOTHER [TO HERSELF]
I’ll probably only end up using one of these.
She turns off ‘Terry’, puts it on the table and places ‘Greg’ in a phone holder at the other side of the room. She exits the kitchen. Suddenly, ‘Terry’ turns back on. It automatically opens its messages to send a new one. “It’s time!” types out on to the screen and is sent to ‘Greg’. ‘Greg’ receives and opens the message. It gets ready to compose a new message. ‘Understood’ types out on the screen and message is sent to ‘Terry’.
INT. ELLIE & RILEY’S MOTHER’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
Ellie & Riley’s Mother is snoring as she sleeps in her bed. Her bedroom slowly creaks open. ‘Greg’ and ‘Terry’ roll into the room. ‘Terry’ rolls towards the end of the bed while ‘Greg’ rolls into the centre of the bedroom. Similarly to the game ‘Bloxorz’, ‘Terry’ climbs the bed post and onto the bed. It rolls under the duvet. It out on the other side, right next to the Mother’s face. It angles itself and starts sliding into her mouth. After ‘Terry’ slides half of its body in, the Mother starts choking and wakes up. She tries to take the phone out of her mouth, but it electrocutes her continuously until she turns over on to her back, writhing in pain. ‘Terry’’s antenna is the only part that can be seen sticking out of her mouth as she is choking, stunned and crying. Soon after, she stops crying and her muscles relax. She twitches a little bit and stops moving altogether. She lays lifelessly on her bed with the phone in her mouth.
INT. ELLIE’S BEDROOM – MORNING
Ellie is slowly opening her eyes, waking up from her sleep. She searches underneath her duvet and takes out her phone. The time reads ’10:06am’. Surprised by the time, Ellie gets out of bed.
INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY – MORNING
Ellie is walking out of her room. She peeks into Riley’s room. He is still sleeping in his bed. She heads towards her Mother’s room.
INT. ELLIE & RILEY’S MOTHER’S ROOM – MORNING
Ellie is entering her Mother’s room. She sees her Mother in her bed.
Ellie becomes more worried when she notices the phone antenna sticking out of her Mother’s mouth.
INT. RILEY’S BEDROOM – MORNING
Riley is sleeping in his bed.
Riley immediately wakes up and rapidly sits up, hyperventilating after getting a fright. He closes his eyes and controls his breathing. He quickly gets out of bed.
INT. MOTHER’S BEDROOM – MORNING
Ellie is giving CPR to her lifeless Mother while trying not to cry. Riley rushes into the room. He covers his mouth with his hand, shocked and crushed as Ellie attempts to revive their Mother.
How… how did this happen?
Tears start streaming down Riley’s face. Ellie stops and breaks down.
I don’t know. I came in and she was like this with one of the new phones down her throat.
Riley looks around the room and finds ‘Greg’ in the middle of the floor. He picks up the phone and paces as he dials.
INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY – MORNING
Riley is restlessly waiting for his call to be answered as he paces around the hallway. Someone eventually picks up.
Hello, this is an emergency! I need an ambulance to come to…
A deafening high-pitched sound emanates from the phone. Riley drops it and screams in pain. He loses his footing and trips. He tumbles down the stairs. He lands on his head on the hard tiles of the floor. Riley doesn’t move. A puddle of blood slowly forms. Ellie walks towards the stairs and looks down to see Riley on the floor, dead. She looks at the body horrifyingly, unable to shed more tears. She walks halfway down the stairs and picks up ‘Greg’. The screen reads “You’re next!” Ellie quickly drops the phone and races upstairs.
INT. ELLIE’S BEDROOM – MORNING
Ellie is putting on her shoes. She quickly opens her window.
EXT. WINDOW LEDGE – MORNING
Ellie is climbing outside. As she attempts to maintain her balance on the ledge, she looks out into the distance of the back garden and sees the Substitute Teacher standing there, looking at her. Ellie freezes up. The Substitute Teacher waves at her. Ellie reaches for her window, not taking her eyes off of the teacher in the distance. She leans far back and grabs the window handle. She slams the window shut. However, her foot slips. She fails to grab the ledge and falls to her death. The Substitute Teacher turns around and walks away.
INT. ELLIE & RILEY’S HOUSE – MORNING
The Substitute Teacher is walking into the house. She bends down and picks up ‘Greg’.
INT. ELLIE & RILEY’S MOTHER’S BEDROOM – MORNING
The Substitute Teacher is entering the bedroom. She looks over at Ellie & Riley’s Mother’s corpse lying on the bed with ‘Terry’ next to her. She paces over to the bed and picks up ‘Terry’. She holds ‘Greg’ and ‘Terry’ in her hands, side by side. Both of their screens now read “Who’s Next?” The Substitute Teacher deviously smiles.